Neurogenetics is the study of how changes to a gene affect the brain and the rest of the central nervous system. Doctors are gaining a better understanding of how these changes work on a molecular level, and they are using these new insights to provide more comprehensive care for patients.
The group of conditions under the neurogenetics umbrella includes genetically determined brain malformations and metabolic, mitochondrial, movement, neuromuscular and neurocutaneous disorders.
Advancements in molecular genetics are leading to the development of less invasive and improved diagnostic testing. In many cases, lumbar punctures and other invasive tests can be avoided in favor of blood tests and urine tests.
While most neurogenetic conditions cannot be cured, they can be managed in ways that reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. The Riley Neurogenetics Program at IU Health uses a multidisciplinary approach that includes emerging therapies and interventions from adaptive technology, audiology, behavioral psychology, education, neuropsychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work and speech therapy.
When your child comes to the Riley Neurogenetics Program at IU Health for treatment, he or she will get access to the full range of care available from the Neurology Department at Riley at IU Health. Your child will be cared for by a team of specialists, including a dually board certified specialist in neurology and genetics.
Neurogenetic disorders can be complex and difficult to comprehend. Our experts provide extensive genetic counseling to help you understand the specifics of your child's condition and to address any concerns about passing the disorder on to other children.
The specialists in the Riley Neurogenetics Program at IU Health work closely with other pediatric experts in medical genetics, endocrinology, feeding disorders, pain management, physical and occupational therapy, psychiatry and psychology, rehabilitation medicine and speech pathology. If your child needs to be seen by one or more of these other experts, the program will schedule the appointments so he or she can see multiple specialists at the same location.
If the expertise is available, our specialists prefer to create care management plans that allow patients to remain close to home. This avoids the need to make frequent trips to Riley at IU Health if patients and families live far away. We work with you to choose the most appropriate interventions for your child’s specific condition and to deliver techniques that help your child live life to the fullest.
Our pediatric specialists provide patient- and family-centered care for most related conditions. The links below provide more specific information about some, but not all, of the conditions that we treat.
We offer a number of different Neurogenetics Program services. Below are some, but not all, of the services that we provide. If you have a question about a specific service that is not listed here, please contact our program.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
The Neurogenetics Program at Riley at IU Health provides the following forms for parents, healthcare providers and personnel. We have also curated relevant resources from other websites and provided links with brief descriptions of the information that is available.
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related departments.
The Riley Neurogenetics Program at IU Health works with referring physicians to develop a diagnostic and treatment plan for each individual patient.
Riley at IU Health is committed to furthering the advancement of pediatric medicine through ongoing research and clinical trials. The Indiana University School of Medicine, a national leader in research, is home to several research institutes and centers. Through research, our doctors provide the highest quality care today while finding the treatments of tomorrow.
The Neurogenetics Program is part of a teaching center where medical students and residents of the Indiana University School of Medicine receive training and participate in research.